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Thanksgiving Throwback Thursday: Mom’s Famous Berry Pie

11 Dec

I assume you all fondly remember those monstrous slices of pie you indulged in a few weeks ago during Thanksgiving? I most certainly do.  So much so that today’s post features the best, yes I SAID BEST, pie of all time.  It is my mother’s famous mixed berry pie recipe! Bursting with raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries, contained only by a marvelously golden crunchy topping…. it does not get much better.  My sister and I clamor for her to make this pie at every opportunity, and Thanksgiving was certainly no exception.  It’s a masterpiece.

Recipe (serves 8)


  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/3 cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 6 tablespoons ice water


  • 6 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons whole almonds
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons old fashioned oats
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup quick-cooking tapioca
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 5 cups total assorted fresh  berries (i.e. raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawbs), about 8 oz. each

For crust: Blend flour, sugar, and salt in processor. Add butter and shortening: using on/off turns, cut in until mixture resembles course meal.  Add 5 Tbsps ice water and process until moist clumps form, adding more water by teaspoonfuls if mixture is dry.  Gather dough into ball, flatten into disk, wrap in plastic and chill at least an hour.

For filling: Mix sugar, tapioca, and lemon juice in large bowl.  Add berries and toss gently to combine.  Let stand until tapioca softens slightly, stirring occasionally, about 45 minutes.

Mixed Berry Pie!

For topping: Combine all ingredients in processor.  Process until moist clumps form (both dough and topping can be made up to 1 day ahead.  Cover topping and chill, keep dough chilled.  Soften dough slightly at room temperature before rolling out).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Roll out the dough on lightly floured surface to 15 inch round.  Transfer to 9 inch diameter glass pie dish.  Trim dough overhang to 1 inch.  Fold overhang under and crimp decoratively, forming high-standing rim (important to keep in all dem berries).  Freeze crust for 20 minutes.

Mixed Berry Pie!

Spoon filling into crust.  Crumble topping evenly over filling.  Bake pie until crust and topping are golden brown and filling is bubbling (about 55 minutes).

Mixed Berry Pie! Mixed Berry Pie!

Transfer to rack and cool at least 3 hours.  Then slice and serve!!

Mixed Berry Pie! Mixed Berry Pie!

I forgot a mound of ice cream; don’t make the same mistake.  See comments below for tips from the baker herself!

Friendsgiving plus Famsgiving

4 Dec


Happy post-Thanksgiving! I hope you all had a marvelous Turkey day and gorged yourselves on perfectly moist turkey, flavorful stuffing, garlicky mashed ‘taters, and PIE (duh). I was fortunate enough to have not one, but two epic Thanksgiving meals.. yet another reason to take a step back and be grateful for all I have.  The first took place the Sunday before Thanksgiving at two friends’ gorgeous apartment in Arlington.  All of our closest girl friends were there, each bringing a special dish to contribute.  The lovely hostesses prepared the main course while the rest of us did our best to impress with side dishes and desserts.  The results did not disappoint.  Truthfully one of the best Thanksgiving meals I have EVER had.. leave it to these ladies to seriously raise the T-day bar.  Most of the dishes are pictured below.. hyperlink titles are where you can find the recipe.  Enjoy!

Pork Stuffing

Follow basic preparation on back of stuffing bread packaging.  Add healthy dose of cooked ground pork, poultry seasoning, and fresh parsley.Image

Turkey Gravy

Make a roux using a couple teaspoons each of melted butter and flour. Add turkey broth and drippings, bring to boil to thicken.


Fresh Herb and Gruyere Cheese Puffs


Baked Mac n Cheese (friend’s SECRET recipe!)


White Sangria


Apple Brie Rolls


Our Hostesses’ Gorgeous Turkey!


Green Bean and Bacon SaladImage

My plate..round one. Not sorry.Image

BUT WAIT, there’s more…


I am also fortunate enough to have a loving family to go home to for the holidays.  This year, I think we outdid ourselves (a 17lb turkey for three people!), but that translated to succulent leftovers for days! Stuffing for breakfast is kind of amazing just FYI.  See our feast below!

My trusty bottle of Fourteen Hands Red Blend

This should not surprise you at this point.


Baked Brussel Sprouts with Prosciutto

Bake the brussel sprouts in the oven until they are mostly done.. then add bits of prosciutto towards the end so the thin meat doesn’t burn.Image

The 17 pounderImage

Mashed Cauliflower

One of my favorite recent discoveries, and a great low-carb option for Thanksgiving.  Buy as many heads of cauliflower as you think you’ll need (I bought two for the three of us, and had leftovers).  Cut up cauliflower trees and boil in water for roughly 10 minutes until soft.  Put it food processor and add: tablespoon of olive oil, tablespoon of reduced fat chive cream cheese, a 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, small slice of butter, two teaspoons minced garlic, and teaspoon of oregano.  Pulse in food processor until blended.  Add grated parmesan on top before serving.Image

Table SettingImage

Obligatory Canned Cranberry Sauce

Put it on a pretty plate to sidestep the whole store-bought thing.Image

Glass of celebratory champagne!Image

My plate..again. I miss it a lot.Image

Pecan Pie! What’s your favorite kind?Image

So there you have it! I know, very picture-heavy post but I couldn’t resist.  I have neglected to use my sweet Nikon camera recently and these dishes were deserving of a more professional touch (sorry iPhone).

Here’s to being thankful.  Have a great rest of your weeks!


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